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Undergraduate Certificate in Health Care Administration

The undergraduate certificate program in Health Care Administration aims to equip students with the basic knowledge necessary for success in the health care industry. Students will be given an overview of the nation’s health care system; gain awareness of the social and political influences on today’s perception of health and illness; as well as develop a general understanding of the laws and ethics involved in the health care field.

Courses required are listed below. Please click on the course to read a description.

plus-sign HCA 200 The United States Health Care System

3 Semester Units

This course is designed to introduce students to the organization, structure, and operation of the nation’s health care system. This is done to help students identify more effectively their present and future roles as consumer, provider, manager, decision maker, and analyst. The class examines an overview of the health care system, causes and characteristics of health service utilization, nature of wellness and disease, individual provider settings, financial and nonfinancial resources used and needed, measurement of quality of care, and current issues in delivery.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the organization, structure, and operation of the nation’s health care system.
  • Identify more effectively present and future roles as consumers, providers, managers, decision makers, and analysts.
  • Understand the causes and characteristics of health service utilization, nature of wellness and disease, individual provider settings, financial and non-financial resources used and needed, measurement of quality of care, and current issues in delivery.
  • Understand the fundamental goals of providing cost-effective, high-quality care to all Americans.

 

plus-sign HCA 320 Essentials of Managed Health Care

3 Semester Units

This course provides a systematic overview of organizational principles, practices, and insights pertinent to the management of health services organizations. This course will go beyond the traditional focus of health care on hospitals and other provider organizations to include suppliers, buyers, regulators, public health and financing organizations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend the scope of organizational theory and practice in the health care management industry.
  • Discuss the distinctive challenges facing health care organizations globally.
  • Analyze multiple organizational approaches from different perspectives.
  • Understand the roles of leaders and managers in influencing organizational culture, performance and change.

 

plus-sign HCA 340 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness

3 Semester Units

This course promotes an awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The course will review the latest information on the health care delivery system.  It examines the differences existing within North America by probing the health care system and consumers, and explores examples of traditional health beliefs and practices among selected populations. An emphasis on the influences of recent social, political, and demographics changes helps to explore the issues and perceptions of health and illness today.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the cultural phenomena affecting health and describe cultural competency.
  • Understand the issues related to health care reform.
  • Describe the types of folk medicine.
  • Discuss the current health care problems in Asian/Pacific Islander communities, American Indian communities, Hispanic-American communities, and African American communities.

 

plus-sign HCA 420 Medical Law and Ethics

3 Semester Units

This course is designed to develop a general understanding of laws, ethics and bioethics relating to health care and the health care industry. Areas covered include managed care, the history of ethics, and health care ethics as applied ethics.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the similarities and differences between laws and ethics.
  • Discuss the difference between ethics and bioethics.
  • Describe how to apply the three decision-making models discussed in this text.

 

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